PSG star speaks of 'great coup' in which Manchester United lost out

Marco Verratti hails Paul Pogba and believes that Juventus are unlikely to sell him.

Manchester United have come under criticism and ridicule for letting one of their star youngsters leave in the summer of 2012. Paul Pogba became frustrated at not getting enough chances under the Red Devils’ then manager Sir Alex Ferguson and left for Juventus on a free transfer.

Since then, the 21-year-old has established himself as one of the best central midfielders in the world and has helped the Bianconeri win back-to-back Serie A titles. He has also shown his class in the Champions League and is set to feature for France at the upcoming World Cup finals in Brazil.

How United’s midfield could do with him right now! The Red Devils endured a torrid 2013-14 campaign and failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League. The Manchester outfit’s deficiencies in the middle of the park were highlighted throughout the season, and there is not much doubt that they will try to sign some big names to bolster that key area.

If Pogba were at Old Trafford, then things could have been different for United. Many have spoken of how short-sighted the former European champions were in letting the Frenchman leave so easily, and now Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has said as much.

Pogba’s performances over the past two years have sparked interest among a host of top European clubs, and PSG are said to be one of them. There are suggestions that the Ligue 1 champions could make a move for him in the summer. Although Verratti claims that it is unlikely that Juventus will let the France international leave, he admits that he would like to play alongside him.

‘Pogba is already a champion and I’m certain he will get even stronger’, he told Tuttosport. ‘Juve want to buy players like this, not sell them. I’d like to play alongside Pogba, of course. Juventus had a great coup by signing him on a free transfer’.

Verratti has also named a certain Roma player with whom he would like to play: Miralem Pjanic.

‘If I had to choose a Serie A player to bring to PSG, it would be Pjanic’, he said.

Are PSG going to make a move for the Bosnian based on the recommendations of one of their star players? No. That’s because the 24-year-old attacking midfielder signed a new deal with Roma last week that will see him remain at the Italian club until June 2018.

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